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01 November 2010 ~ 1 Comment

BIG tour in Canada announced!

Tour 2011

Tour 2011

From Heart-music.com: 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of Heart’s debut record Dreamboat Annie. Heart’s groundbreaking album was recorded in Vancouver, B.C., where they lived at the time, and was first released in Canada.

Today, Heart announces that they are coming home to Canada in 2011, with their first coast-to-coast Canadian tour in three decades. With a 20-concert run starting on January 28 in St John’s, NL and ending in their Canadian hometown of Vancouver, BC on February 26, Heart at last fulfills a long held desire to play for their Canadian fans in every region of the country on one tour. As Ann and Nancy put it themselves: “Heart had its musical genesis in Vancouver and as artists Canada has always been our spiritual home. Canadians love to rock and we are happy to be bringing Heart as it is now back to Canada. It’s like Heart is coming home.”

On August 31, 2010, Heart released Red Velvet Car, their first new studio album in six years. Produced by Vancouver-based Grammy winning producer Ben Mink, Red Velvet Car entered the Billboard 200 best-selling album charts at #10, becoming the seventh Top 10 album of the group’s career. Released on Eagle Rock Records in Canada and on Sony Legacy in the United States, the critically acclaimed new album reached #1 in sales on Amazon.com on Sunday, September 4.

The critical response to Red Velvet Car has been universally ecstatic. “The barracudas are back and at the top of their game,” wrote Rolling Stone (September 2, 2010) while USA Today (August 25, 2010) called the album “Intimate, intense and anchored by Ann’s powerhouse vocals and Nancy’s aggressive acoustic guitar….” The New York Times (August 4, 2010) found Red Velvet Car “aggressive, delicate and enduring” while the Los Angeles Times noted that “Thirty-four years after the band’s debut, Heart’s dreamboat sails on.”

Over the course of their remarkable career, Heart has sold over 30 million albums and had 22 Top 40 hits. In America, their current AC single “Hey You” has been in the Top 30 for three months, while their classic rock single, “WTF” hovers near Top 10.

Over the past decade, Heart songs have achieved ubiquity in pop culture in films (Shrek 3, The Dilemma), television (American Idol, Glee, Dancing with the Stars), commercials (Honda, Swiffer), and videogames (Rock Band, Guitar Hero), as well as in performances by other top artists (Eminem, Fergie, Gretchen Wilson, et al).

They were 2008 recipients of VH! Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation and received ASCAP’S award for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.

Heart is coming home, Coast to Coast in Canada, in February 2011.

The dates:

01.28.2011
St. John’s, NL, Canada
Mile One Centre

01.29.2011
Corner Brook, NL, Canada
Pepsi Centre

02.01.2011
Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
Charlottetown Civic Centre

02.02.2011
Moncton, NB, Canada
Moncton Coliseum Complex

02.03.2011
Halifax, NS, Canada
Halifax Metro Centre

02.05.2011
Montreal, QC, Canada
Place des Arts

02.07.2011
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Civic Centre Theatre

02.08.2011
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
The Centre in the Square

02.09.2011
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Hamilton Place

02.11.2011
Toronto, ON, Canada
Massey Hall

02.12.2011
Kingston, ON, Canada
K-Rock Centre

02.14.2011
Sudbury, ON, Canada
Sudbury Arena

02.17.2011
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
MTS Center

02.18.2011
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
TCU Place

02.19.2011
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

02.21.2011
Grand Prarie, AB, Canada
Crystal Center

02.22.2011
Calgary, AB, Canada
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

02.24.2011
Prince George, BC, Canada
CN Centre

02.25.2011
Kamloops, BC, Canada
Interior Savings Centre

02.26.2011
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Queen Elizabeth Centre

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29 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

December 18th: Heart @ Mystic Lake Casino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faSKOFBPCPk

27 October 2010 ~ 1 Comment

EW.com: Heart to tour with DEF LEPPARD next summer!

Tour 2011

Tour 2011

Entertainment WeeklyHeart’s next gig is an acoustic performance at a Michelle Obama-hosted Democratic fundraiser. The duo have also booked a Brian Boitano skating special this Christmas. Yep, you read that right: They’re performing near ice this time!

“That will be another first,” says Nancy Wilson. “Instead of ballroom dancers, there will be ice skaters in front of the stage!”

Heart will then tour with Def Leppard next summer.

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27 October 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Video of Barracuda on Dancing with the Stars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwfc1WP4gw0

Tuesday, October 26th 2010 ABC

23 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Dancing With the Stars features rock and roll – Heart and Kylie Minogue

DWTS!!

On Tuesday night, the sixth couple to be eliminated this season will be sent home on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” October 26 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Special musical guests on Tuesday night will be legendary rock and roll band Heart and pop icon Kylie Minogue.

Tuesday’s results show will feature legendary rock and roll band Heart will play its iconic hit, “Barracuda,” accompanied by “Dancing with Stars” pros Louis Van Amstel, Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Damian Whitewood and Peta Murgatroyd. Also on Tuesday, international Pop icon Kylie Minogue will perform her new single, “Get Outta My Way,” which hit the top of the Billboard Club Chart this week and marked her second consecutive No.1 Billboard Club single from new album “Aphrodite,” following the smash “All the Lovers.”

On Tuesday’s results show, legendary rock and roll band Heart will play its iconic hit, “Barracuda,” accompanied by “Dancing with Stars” pros Louis Van Amstel, Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Damian Holbrook and Peta Murgatroyd. Heart recently released its 13th studio album, “Red Velvet Car,” produced by Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink (kd lang, Feist, Bare Naked Ladies), which debuted at No.10 in Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Album Chart. Their current AC single, “Hey You,” was in the Top 30 for three months, while their classic rock single, “WTF,” hovered near the Top 10 (on those respective charts). Heart has sold over 30 million albums and had 22 Top 40 hits. Over the past decade, Heart songs have achieved ubiquity in pop culture in films (“Shrek 3”), television (“American Idol,” “Glee,” “Dancing with the Stars”), commercials (Honda, Swiffer) and videogames (Rock Band, Guitar Hero), as well as being performed by other top artists (Eminem, Fergie, Gretchen Wilson, among many others). To support the release of “Red Velvet Car,” Heart toured throughout the summer of 2010, including four Lilith Fair shows and nearly 40 headline shows, which continued through September 25 and will pick up again in November and December. Heart’s first album, “Dreamboat Annie,” was released in 1976. The band broke barriers with a repertoire that includes rock classics like “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Straight On,” alongside acoustic standards like “These Dreams,” “Dog & Butterfly” and “Dreamboat Annie.” They were 2008 recipients of VH1 Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation and received ASCAP’s Award for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.

21 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Canadian and British reviews of Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

It can seem odd to hear an album by a band and think that they have finally gone full circle and ended up where they began, fresh faced and full of hope and a wonderful sense of naivety of how their lives would pan out over the following decades. […] For those who grew up on one of the finest bands to have come out Seattle then this album will no doubt be amongst their favourites of the year, for the rest it might be too late to climb upon the moving vehicle, but we should try to catch it before its gone forever. More from this review at liverpoolstudentmedia.com

This is the first studio album from arena-rock legends Heart since 2004’s Jupiter’s Darling, but it’s their best in over 30 years. More from this review at Ottowa Xpress

20 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Australian Beat Magazine reviews RVC

Red Velvet Car

Red Velvet Car

Beat Magazine: Despite maintaining a heavy presence out on the road, and taking time out with solo projects, it’s been a long six years since Seattle-based rock outfit Heart released something new in terms of studio material.

But after what seems like an eternity, the Wilson sisters (vocalist Ann Wilson and vocalist/guitarist Nancy Wilson) have finally put together a follow up to their critically acclaimed Jupiters Darling release from 2004 in the form of their thirteenth effort Red Velvet Car.

Despite its acoustic framework, There You Go is a rocking opener, with Ric Markmann’s heavy bass work, some subtle strings and the Wilson sisters’ stunning vocal harmonies all coming together to create a powerful sound. The plugged-in WTF is a heavier anthem that manages to provide Ann with plenty of room to prove she’s still got what it takes to deliver on the vocal front after some 30 years belting it out for the band. Elsewhere, the darker blues edged and moody Red Velvet Car is easily one of the strongest tracks from Heart in years.

The Seattle tribute Queen City is the kind of a mid-paced acoustic rocker that’s characteristic of Heart’s earlier classic efforts, while the simple country/pop magnificence of Hey You and Sunflower showcase the depth and beauty of Nancy’s song writing and vocals.

The harder edged Wheels and Death Valley helps steer the album towards the heavier side of the band’s sound without losing any of the dynamics of the acoustic guitars that are evident throughout the album, while a folk edge is evident within Saffronia’s Mark.

Interestingly enough, the album also includes fan favourite Sand, which is a re-recording from the Wilson sister’s side project The Lovemongers.

As an added bonus, Red Velvet Car comes with two additional bonus tracks. Bootful Of Beer is a laid back rock track with some interesting string arrangements, but Closer To The Sun is an absolute stunning acoustic piece.

The length between releases may be getting a little longer these days, but the wait for Red Velvet Car has definitely been worth it.